Mastering, in general 2017
My apologies if this topic has already been covered, which I am sure it has done so.
I am just pondering the thoughts on mastering in general, which is of course the final stages of any music track. To polish and refine your sound to perform best on all devises and to showcase to others.
However, how relevant is it to use a professional studio or hire an experienced engineer for electronic music in 2017? I read not so long ago that the need for such an expensive and demanding hardware setup is not always necessary these days as computers and software have come a long way which can basically do the same job as a professional studio. Not to mention the battle for "loudness" isn't as important as it used to be as listeners use many different platforms and devices.
Not to take away the skill of the mastering itself which of course, is a skill. Hearing frequencies and altering levels for mix downs correctly is critical to finalising your track.
listening to some of the tracks on here which some are even incomplete, sound complete and mastered well considering the absence of the old skool method.
After reading a fairly in-depth heated post on another forum, this topic arises to me which I would be interested in your thoughts.